The Best of Byron Bush Walks

Oct 28, 2017 | Byron Bay, Byron Bay beaches, things to do


When visiting Byron, one of our top recommendations is exploring some of the best of Byron Bush walks. We have handpicked our top three favourite walks for you to do next time you visit. Take a break from the beach and explore the local National Park, panoramic views and endless beaches.

1. Cape Byron Bush Walk Loop

This particular walking track along the coastline is ideal for stunning views of Clarkes Beach, Wategos Beach, Cape Byron Lighthouse and Arakwal National Park. Starting in Clarkes Beach Carpark you will start the bush walk along the established boardwalk turning down into the carpark of the Pass Café, or walk along the beach and head up the stairs to the Pass Café carpark. Following the path head towards the back of the carpark where the main track climbs up and along an exposed cliff with the bay to your left and Wategos bellow. Walk towards the end of the beach and climb again along the headland towards the lighthouse. At the top of this, you will find the most stunning panoramic views of the coastline all along the East Coast.

Continue downhill towards the cottages and information centre where you can stop at Cape Byron Lighthouse Café for a quick break. Follow the path along the railing heading towards Tallows Beach and Broken Head. At the bottom of this hill, you will find the start of the Tallow Ridge Track which will take you back to Clarkes Beach Carpark. Clarkes Beach Carpark is located less than 20 metres from any of our Byron Bay Beach Houses.


5km, 1-2 hrs


Beach, paved path, steps and steep sections and forest track


If walking this track around sunset be prepared with a torch or light for the rainforest tracks section.

2. Arakwal National Park Bush Walk Loop (Long)

This track travels along Tallows Beach with panoramic coastal views, stunning beaches and creeks. You can start this walk in the Tallows Beach Carpark by heading towards the beach and turning right or south down the beach front. After around 40 minutes of walking along the beach, Tallow creek will emerge where you will come across an access point to take you inland. Turn right and head along the paved path following it over the creek bridge onto Broken Head Road. Start heading towards Byron Bay High School and turn right and head along the road towards St. Finbar’s Primary School where the road turns into a track that skirts along the side of the school. This will eventually take you to the start of the National Park section of the walk.

Travelling north parallel to the beach which will eventually veer onto Ocean St. where you will take a right onto Coral Ct, left at Beachcomber Dr and then right onto Pacific Vista Dr which will turn into a dirt track. This is where you will see some of the best views Byron has to offer. After taking a right onto Paterson St. turn right onto Milne St which will direct you back to Arakwal National Park. After 800m you will reach Tallows Beach Road. Tallows Beach Carpark is located less than a 2 minute walk from any of our Byron Bay Beach Houses.


9.2km, 2 hrs


Beach, paved path, road, bush


Sun exposure if walking this track during summer, unpatrolled beach (if swimming)

3. Killen Falls Swimming Hole Bush Walk

Killen Falls is a large swimming hole with a 10m high Waterfall at one end along the Emigrant Creek. Located 16-minute drive away from the centre of Byron this is a worthwhile road trip during summer. Taking the Pacific Highway and heading south, take a turn onto Brooklet Rd, after 2km take a left turn onto Friday Hut Rd and left again onto Killen Falls Rd. You will drive along this road for around 5km until arriving at the carpark. By walking across to the meadow on the other side you can see the top of the falls and look down onto the swimming hole area. To access the water you will need to head along the main track up to the waterfall and take a turn off just as the main track curves near the top. This can also be accessed by jumping a fence along with another trail which leads down to the swimming area. Be careful when swimming for submerged objects.


16-minute drive

10-minute walk to falls


Bush, carpark, viewing deck


Wear shoes whilst walking down to the swimming hole, may be difficult for small children or elderly people, walk to the top of falls a lot easier, no bathrooms


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